The Early History of the Airplane
is a 1922 pamphlet composed of three reprinted magazine articles by the Wright brothers:
"The Wright Brothers' Aeroplane", Century Magazine
, Sept. 1908, Orville and Wilbur Wright
"How We Made the First Flight", Flying
, Dec. 1913, Orville Wright
"Some Aeronautical Experiments", Wilbur Wright, speech given in 1901
The last article, "Some Aeronautical Experiments", is the most historically important, it is based on a speech given by Wilbur a few years before the first flight while still working with gliders. In the early years of the 20th century it was eagerly studied by would-be aviators and reprinted countless times. It went on to become the "Book of Genesis" of 20th century aeronautical technical literature. Although highly technical and now outdated it is sort of like listening to a steam-punk scientist. The first article, "The Wright Brothers' Aeroplane", was commissioned by Century Magazine
as an exclusive account of the first flight on December 17, 1903, it would take the brothers four years to write.
Listened to via LibriVox
. Original pamphlet at Internet Archive
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Response to Sorker
Sorker, you've made a few decent reviews on IA, so I assume this is another of your "having a bad day" aberrations. Your at your best with positive constructive criticism, and at your work when unfairly attacking people.
Unlike you, I listened to the entire book before commenting. I spent time researching the books history (no, it's not on Wikipedia or anywhere else easily found). I then shared what I found for the benefit of all, including apparently you. I discovered the third article's historical importance, and thus gave it 4-stars (now 5). Perhaps you would like to weigh in on this creaky old historical document's aesthetic and artistic merits - after you've actually read it in your own preferred voice of course. Unlike you, I have no problem listening to female readers narrating male authors. The reader here does a good job for anyone genuinely interested in the Wright Brothers.